An Interview with Olympian Christina Loukas

I can’t express what an honor it is to interview the incredibly talented and inspirational Christina Loukas! She is a two time Olympian and a nine-time US National champion who currently devotes her time to studying Physical Therapy in graduate school.  Christina is a gifted athlete with a very long and accomplished list of awards and metals she has earned through many years of training, hard work and perfecting her gifts and talents.


I first heard Christina speak this past spring at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics.  It was so inspiring to hear her discuss the importance of her faith and to hear her share how she too had once participated in these events as a child.  She is such a wonderful example of what you can accomplish when you work hard, develop your talents and gifts, and follow your dreams.


10807928_10104879758786139_1259158656_nHello my name is: Christina Loukas

My patron saint is: St. Christina

As a child, my favorite children’s book were: Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are

My Job/what I do: Used to be a springboard diver for the USA. Retired from that in 2012 after the London Olympics. I am now in graduate school for Physical Therapy at Northwestern University in Chicago.

What I love about it: I want to become a physical therapist because I want to help people recover from injuries. I am also fascinated by the human body and how it works. I would also love to work with elite athletes to help them accomplish their goals.

How being Orthodox impacts what I do: My faith guides me in life and helps me make decisions. Orthodoxy has taught me to be more loving and giving towards other people, and I think this is what lead me to become a physical therapist. I have also received so much support from other members in my church throughout my life. Being Greek Orthodox has brought so many people into my life that I now consider my extended family.

If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: Dream big! And go after your goals.


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We’re Moving!

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On September 1st Fr. Thomas and I will begin a new chapter of our lives serving at the parish of The Assumption in East Moline, Illinois. During this move The Orthodox Children’s Press will be open, but unable to ship books (from
September 1, 2014- September 20, 2014).  All orders placed during this time will be shipped out Monday September 22nd.
Thank you so much for your patience!

Please keep us in your prayers and you are in ours!!!

In Christ,

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TOCP diy family: Church Year Time Capsule

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Artifact ideas:

a weekly and monthly bulletin

pictures – church inside and out, activities at Church and services etc.

write a summary of life at your church today


*Please follow all product directions for each supply.

You can find the Time Capsule sheet here on our Scribd page.


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On our shelf – The Hidden Garden a story of the heart

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Author: Jane G Meyer

Illustrator: Masha Lobastov

Publisher: Conciliar Press

What it’s about: An older man tells a boy how Christ helped him to turn his dry and desert heart into a beautiful and peaceful garden.  The story speaks to allowing Christ in our lives and hearts to cultivate with us, a heart filled with prayer, forgiveness, peace and love.  

What we love about it:  The gorgeous illustrations and the deep meaning behind the words on each page.  How it allows for a meaningful conversations about having a peaceful heart, asking for God’s help, and continuously working with Christ as we grow.  Also love, love, love, the words and illustration of Christ knocking on the door.

Activity: The Hidden Garden Puzzle

Supplies: a blank puzzle and crayons



After reading, talking, and thinking about The Hidden Garden a story of the heart, draw your thoughts or favorite part onto your puzzle. Play and have fun!

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